From the days of Ferdinand Magellan and before, hourglasses have been our unwavering accountant of past, present and future exploits. The famed explorer used as many as 18 during his historic trip around the world, enveloping a number of sandglasses with varying operating times inside of a common frame, providing times for the ship’s log and ultimately charting the map that is still used, with slight variances, today. Here are our favorite hourglass timers.
This handsome 60-minute antique-style sand timer is so well-crafted it will truly take you back in time. It’s also not just an ornament. It keeps perfect time. The sand timer rotates a full 360°, allowing you to “refresh’’ its look at your whim. A great gift for anyone, and particularly for those interested in the era when hourglasses measured our days.
Perfect for any room
Another from the many designs of the SuLiao store, this bejeweled entry is a stylish piece that compliments the right bedroom or dining room décor. Each stands on its own, as did those made in the era from which it is based. And like its cousin, its design swivel allows for multiple angle adjustments, and multiple options as to where the perfect place for it will be in your own space.
Easy to use and store
Minimalist in style and functionality, the OrgaNice sand timer sits on any desk or tabletop elegantly, serving as a time manager and at the same time a great conversation piece. You can use it as a subtle hint to co-workers that you are busy. This model actually comes with a guide on how to use it to increase productivity and eliminate distractions.
An artful addition
Made of high borosilicate glass, this hourglass is more a work of art than it is a work tool. It’s clearly handcrafted, texturized, and exquisitely designed. Simply put, it’s a beautiful addition to your space or room, and it is useful enough to measure break times, length of projects, even exposure to sun, should it become a fixture on your porch or covered deck.
This European retro-designed piece is the perfect oasis during what seems to be an endless workday. With limitless adjustability options, the 720- degree hourglass design is also functional: the 60-minute turn is accurate to +/- 5%, the highest industry standard. Made from premium zinc alloy and matched with the stylish bronzed process, it provides a futuristic look of elegance while reckoning to a time past. Wherever it is placed in the home, office, or family space, it is designed to simultaneously complement its surroundings and claim prominence.